Tampere is a fairly safe place to visit.  Having said this, there are certain precautions that should be taken in order to ensure a smooth trip through Western Finland.  Like always, common sense is the most important tool to be used in staying safe.

            Avoid walking alone at night.  This is a general recommendation for any unfamiliar area, but should be followed in Tampere as well.  If staying with a group is not an option and walking is unavoidable, try to remain in lighted, public areas.

            Although street crimes, burglaries, and petty thefts are not major concerns in Tampere, they occasionally happen.  However, most of these situations can be avoided using a few simple rules.  Avoid carrying around large amounts of money or looking extremely flashy.  Drawing un-needed attention is never a good idea.  Lock all car doors and roll up windows when leaving valuables behind in a car.

            There are numerous water activities available around Tampere. However, with these activities come certain inherent dangers, most of which can be easily avoided by following a few simple rules, such as always wearing a life jacket while on a boat.  For a list useful water safety tips, visit the American Red Cross website.

            In the case of an emergency while visiting Tampere, or any of Finland, dial 112 from any phone. 

            Although there are no foreign embassies located in Tampere, many countries have a location somewhere in Helsinki, Finland.   For a complete list, including contact and location information, check out this Foreign Embassies List .